mouth

Definitions

  • "Ping Wang seized his own pigtail with his mouth."
    "Ping Wang seized his own pigtail with his mouth."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mouth express in speech "She talks a lot of nonsense","This depressed patient does not verbalize"
    • v mouth articulate silently; form words with the lips only "She mouthed a swear word"
    • v mouth touch with the mouth
    • n mouth the opening of a jar or bottle "the jar had a wide mouth"
    • n mouth the externally visible part of the oral cavity on the face and the system of organs surrounding the opening "she wiped lipstick from her mouth"
    • n mouth the opening through which food is taken in and vocalizations emerge "he stuffed his mouth with candy"
    • n mouth an impudent or insolent rejoinder "don't give me any of your sass"
    • n mouth the point where a stream issues into a larger body of water "New York is at the mouth of the Hudson"
    • n mouth an opening that resembles a mouth (as of a cave or a gorge) "he rode into the mouth of the canyon","they built a fire at the mouth of the cave"
    • n mouth a person conceived as a consumer of food "he has four mouths to feed"
    • n mouth a spokesperson (as a lawyer)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

69 Bird's mouth 69 Bird's mouth
Stephen holding a rose in his mouth Stephen holding a rose in his mouth
Grabbed a Mouthful of Dad's Ample Pants 386 Grabbed a Mouthful of Dad's Ample Pants 386
Showing the mouth of one of the tunnels Showing the mouth of one of the tunnels
5. Mouth parts of the Larva of a Beetle 5. Mouth parts of the Larva of a Beetle
7. Mouth parts of a Humble Bee 7. Mouth parts of a Humble Bee
213. Mouth-parts of Moths 213. Mouth-parts of Moths
he put his fingers in his mouth he put his fingers in his mouth

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth is called Arachibutyrophobia
    • Mouth A principal speaker; one who utters the common opinion; a mouthpiece. "Every coffeehouse has some particular statesman belonging to it, who is the mouth of the street where he lives."
    • Mouth A wry face; a grimace; a mow. "Counterfeit sad looks,
      Make mouths upon me when I turn my back."
      "The mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped .""Whose mouths must be stopped ."
    • Mouth An opening affording entrance or exit; orifice; aperture;
    • Mouth Cry; voice.
    • Mouth Speech; language; testimony. "That in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established."
    • Mouth (Saddlery) The crosspiece of a bridle bit, which enters the mouth of an animal.
    • Mouth The entrance into a harbor.
    • Mouth The opening of a piece of ordnance, through which it is discharged.
    • Mouth The opening of a vessel by which it is filled or emptied, charged or discharged; as, the mouth of a jar or pitcher; the mouth of the lacteal vessels, etc.
    • Mouth The opening or entrance of any cavity, as a cave, pit, well, or den.
    • Mouth The opening through which an animal receives food; the aperture between the jaws or between the lips; also, the cavity, containing the tongue and teeth, between the lips and the pharynx; the buccal cavity.
    • Mouth The opening through which the waters of a river or any stream are discharged.
    • Mouth To form or cleanse with the mouth; to lick, as a bear her cub.
    • Mouth To make grimaces, esp. in ridicule or contempt. "Well I know, when I am gone,
      How she mouths behind my back."
    • Mouth To make mouths at.
    • Mouth To put mouth to mouth; to kiss.
    • Mouth To speak with a full, round, or loud, affected voice; to vociferate; to rant. "I'll bellow out for Rome, and for my country,
      And mouth at Cæsar, till I shake the senate."
    • Mouth To take into the mouth; to seize or grind with the mouth or teeth; to chew; to devour.
    • Mouth To utter with a voice affectedly big or swelling; to speak in a strained or unnaturally sonorous manner; as, mouthing platitudes. "Mouthing big phrases.""Mouthing out his hollow oes and aes."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A salmon with two mouths, two sets of teeth and two tongues was caught by Bob Bateman of Canada
    • n mouth The oral opening or ingestive aperture of an animal, of whatever character and wherever situated; the os, or oral end of the alimentary canal or digestive system. The mouth is in the head in most animals, and serves for taking in food, mastication, deglutition, and the utterance of the voice. In nearly all vertebrates the mouth is composed of upper and under jaws and associate parts, and consequently opens and shuts vertically; in many the orifice is closed by fleshy movable lips, and the cavity is furnished with teeth and a tongue. Appropriate salivary and mucous glands moisten the interior, which is lined with epithelium. In most invertebrates, as the enormous assemblage of arthropods, the basis of the mouth is clearly seen to be modified limbs, and the jaws work sidewise. In other cases the mouth, though definite in position and character in each case, varies too widely to be defined excepting as the ingestive orifice. In protozoans any part of the body may act as a temporary mouth; and in many worms there is never any mouth or special digestive system, food being absorbed directly through the integument. The most complicated mouths are found among insects and crustaceans (see cut under mouth-part). See os, stoma, and cuts under medusiform, Actinozoa, Haliphysema, anthozöid, Aurelia, and house-fly.
    • n mouth Specifically — The human mouth regarded as the channel of vocal utterance.
    • n mouth The interior hollow of the mouth; the buccal cavity: as, inflammation of the mouth and throat.
    • n mouth The exterior opening or orifice of the mouth; the lips: as, a well-formed mouth; a kiss on the mouth.
    • n mouth In entomology, the mouth-parts collectively; the oral organs or appendages which are visible externally: as, the trophi of a mandibulate mouth.
    • n mouth Anything resembling a mouth in some respect. The opening of anything hollow, for access to it or for other uses, as the opening by which a vessel is filled or emptied, charged or discharged; the opening by which the charge issues from a firearm: the entrance to a cave, pit, or den; the opening of a well, etc.; the opening in a metal-melting furnace from which the metal flows; the slot in a carpenters' plane in which the bit is fitted; the surface end of a mining-shaft or adit; etc.
    • n mouth The part of a river or other stream where its waters are discharged into the ocean or any large body of water; a conformation of land resembling a river-mouth.
    • n mouth The opening of a vise between its cheeks, chops, or jaws.
    • n mouth In fortification, the interior opening of an embrasure. It may be either rectangular or trapezoidal in form. Some military writers call this opening the throat of the embrasure, and apply the term mouth to the exterior opening. See embrasure.
    • n mouth In an organ-pipe, the opening in the side of the pipe above the foot, between the upper and the lower lip. See pipe.
    • n mouth In ceramics, a name given to one of the fireplaces of a pottery-kiln. The kilns for firing the biscuit have several of these mouths built against them externally, and a flue from each mouth leads the flames to a central opening, where they enter the oven.
    • n mouth The cross-bar of a bridle-bit, uniting the branches or the rings as the case may be.
    • n mouth A principal speaker; one who utters the common opinion; an oracle; a mouthpiece.
    • n mouth Cry; voice.
    • n mouth Flavor; taste in the mouth: said of beer.
    • n mouth See the adjectives.
    • mouth To utter.
    • mouth To utter with a voice affectedly big or swelling, or with more regard to sound than to sense.
    • mouth To touch, press, or seize with the mouth or lips; take into the mouth; mumble; lick.
    • mouth To reproach; insult.
    • mouth To speak with a full, round, or loud voice; speak affectedly; vociferate; rant: as, a mouthing actor.
    • mouth To join mouths; kiss.
    • mouth To make a mouth; make a wry face; grimace.
    • n mouth In transverse flutes, the edge of a mouth-hole. See mouth-hole.
    • n mouth In metallurgy, the opening through which a furnace is charged with fuel, ore, etc.
    • n mouth In mining, a mine entrance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Snails eat with a rasping mouth called a "radula," which has thousands of teeth
    • n Mouth mowth the opening in the head of an animal by which it eats and utters sound: opening or entrance, as of a bottle, river, &c.: the instrument of speaking: a speaker: cry, voice, utterance: taste or flavour in the mouth: a wry face, a grimace
    • v.t Mouth mowth to utter with a voice over loud or swelling
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Quotations

  • Pat Riley
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    “You prove your worth with your actions, not with your mouth.”
  • John Galsworthy
    John Galsworthy
    “One's eyes are what one is, one's mouth is what one becomes.”
  • Jewish Proverb
    Jewish Proverb
    “What you don't see with your eyes, don't witness with your mouth.”
  • Edwin H. Stuart
    Edwin H. Stuart
    “Remember, every time you open your mouth to talk, your mind walks out and parades up and down the words.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.”

Idioms

All mouth and trousers - (UK) Someone who's all mouth and trousers talks or boasts a lot but doesn't deliver. 'All mouth and no trousers' is also used, though this is a corruption of the original.
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Bad mouth - (UK) When you are bad mouthing,you are saying negative things about someone or something.('Bad-mouth' and 'badmouth' are also used.)
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Bad taste in your mouth - If something leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth, you feel there is something wrong or bad about it.
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Born with a silver spoon in your mouth - If you are born with a silver spoon in your mouth, you are born into a rich family.
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Butter wouldn't melt in their mouth - If someone looks as if butter wouldn't melt in their mouth, they look very innocent.
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By word of mouth - If something becomes known by word of mouth, it gets known by being talked about rather than through publicity or advertising, etc.
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Don't look a gift horse in the mouth - This means that if you are given something, a present or a chance, you should not waste it by being too critical or examining it too closely.
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Down in the mouth - If someone is down in the mouth, they look unhappy or depressed.
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Foam at the mouth - If you foam at the mouth, you are very, very angry.
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Foot in mouth - This is used to describe someone who has just said something embarrassing, inappropriate, wrong or stupid.
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From the horse's mouth - If you hear something from the horse's mouth, you hear it directly from the person concerned or responsible.
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Hand to mouth - Someone who's living from hand to mouth, is very poor and needs the little money they have coming in to cover their expenses.
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Heart in your mouth - If your heart is in your mouth, then you feel nervous or scared.
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Mealy-mouthed - A mealy-mouthed person doesn't say what they mean clearly.
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Out of the mouths of babes - People say this when children unexpectedly say something very intelligent or wise.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. mouth, muþ, AS. mūð,; akin to D. mond, OS. mūð, G. mund, Icel. muðr, munnr, Sw. mun, Dan. mund, Goth. munþs, and possibly L. mentum, chin; or cf. D. muil, mouth, muzzle, G. maul, OHG. mūla, Icel. mūli, and Skr. mukha, mouth

Usage

In literature:

John let him have the wet lump slash in his mouth.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
She has the most tragic dark eyes and mouth.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
I'm still living from hand to mouth, only rather larger mouthfuls.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
The brackish water inside the mouths of tropical rivers, with white and muddy surface running into the sea.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
It's hand to mouth now, on'y the mouth's allus ready and the hand's not.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
A gi'en horse shouldna be looked i' the mouth.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Her mother, seeing what she was about, watched her with tragic eyes and closed mouth.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
They got a good camp near the mouth, with abundance of wood.
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
She returned to the nursery, and found Nana with something in her mouth, which proved to be the boy's shadow.
"Peter and Wendy" by James Matthew Barrie
They concealed the squareness of his chin and the determination of his mouth.
"The Explorer" by W. Somerset Maugham
He turned his head one side and then the other, considered, decided, and at last thrust it in the selected mouth.
"Little Brothers of the Air" by Olive Thorne Miller
In very severe injuries, brain matter may escape through the nose or mouth.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Involuntarily Singleton straightened his rounded shoulders, and a smile touched the corners of his mouth.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
Do not drink while food is in the mouth.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
And then, in the darkness, he bent to her mouth, softly, and touched her mouth with his mouth.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
She put up a hand and drew it across her mouth, which was pale as ashes with sudden rage.
"Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe
Never rinse the mouth with the last mouthful of coffee, tea or water; nothing can be more disagreeable.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
She stepped out on to the landing, fingering her mouth.
"Coquette" by Frank Swinnerton
He stopped work and looked at the youth, an unwilling smile twisting his mouth.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
Her little mouth never moved as Kitty's mouth touched it.
"The Immortal Moment" by May Sinclair
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In poetry:

O bonnie bonnie was her mouth,
And cherry were her cheeks,
And clear clear was her yellow hair,
Whereon the reid bluid dreeps.
"Edom O'Gordon" by Henry Morley
I broke my pipe and burnt my twist,
And washed my mouth with water;
I had a shave before I kissed
The free-selector's daughter.
"The Free Selector's Daughter" by Henry Lawson
My mouth to thy mouth
Ah never, ah never!
My breast from thy breast
Eternities sever;
But my soul to thy soul
For ever and ever.
"Never--Ever" by Richard Le Gallienne
How went the battle, my brothers?
But that he will never know:
For his mouth the red earth smothers
As they shoulder their spades and go.
"Two Folk Songs" by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
"O had your tongue, my eldest son,
For sma sal be her part;
You'll nae get a kiss o her comely mouth
Gin your very fair heart should break."
"Rose The Red And White Lily" by Andrew Lang
And you may hold the story light,
Or, if you like, believe;
But there it was, the woman’s bite,—­
A mouthful from the sleeve.
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

22 am Mike has laid the fire in the mouth of the oven: a tidy pyramid of crumpled newspaper, kindling and split logs.
More and more Americans are putting their money where their mouth is.
As other friends went on to work fast food jobs, he decided that was not what he wanted, so he built his busi­ness through word of mouth.
Potty Mouth spring out of Northampton.
Blind melon Mouthful of Cavities soup.
This organic condiment is full of "nice pieces of whole cranberries " that "pop" in the mouth, though one taster had trouble with the "tough skins".
It mostly looked like a regular fish until it opened its mouth.
Water flows through the mouth of the culvert that Kenny Markiewicz was swept into Wednesday, June 20, 2012, in Duluth, Minn.
A Butler High School custodian was struck in the mouth while trying to break up a fight between students Oct 1 and required treatment for the injuries, according to a Richmond County School System tribunal finding recently made public.
It's a "Dry Mouth" St Bernard pup they named her "Mia" she was at the 4th of July BBQ and I just fell in love with her.
Payments to a convict began one month after a letter reminded execs he'd kept his mouth shut.
With Daddy Lohan out bad-mouthing Sam, Lindsay had to turn to MySpace to weigh in, and she calls him just the meanest things.
COAL companies and their lobbyists just keep burying their feet deeper into their mouths.
The cab driver recorded the conversation and told Radar Online that "I couldn't believe what was coming out of Paris' mouth and the way she was talking about gay men".
Does your mouth smell like an Altoid tin.
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In science:

The two boxes are initially localized near the two wormhole mouths, box 1 near A and box 2 near B.
Rebuttal to a Paper on Wormholes
That is equivalent to saying that the wormhole mouths are electrically neutral.
Rebuttal to a Paper on Wormholes
It may seem odd to place the initial mouth-charges in a coherent superposition of states.
Rebuttal to a Paper on Wormholes
I don’t see any reason not to do so for the wormhole mouths.
Rebuttal to a Paper on Wormholes
ADM energy in D > 3) of each mouth was sharp.
Rebuttal to a Paper on Wormholes
The analog of the Wilson loop has to do with the ambiguity in how the wormhole mouths are identified.
Rebuttal to a Paper on Wormholes
But is random τ , and infinitely sharp mouth-energy, sensible? The answer depends on how the wormhole was made.
Rebuttal to a Paper on Wormholes
An interesting question arises if we consider the analogue of the electrostatic energy or the mouth charges (f 2) that played the role of a kinetic term for the Wilson phase.
Rebuttal to a Paper on Wormholes
Dick Plambeck revealed the mouth-watering prospects of CARMAs upcoming polarization capability.
Conference Summary: The Cosmic Agitator - Magnetic Fields in the Galaxy
So you don’t think there will be big signals from LHC? I didn’t mean to put too many words into your mouth.
Round Table Discussion at the Final Session of FPCP 2008: The Future of Flavor Physics and CP
Maes, “Social Information Filteri ng: Algorithms for Automating ‘Word of Mouth’,” In proc. of Int’l Conf. on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp.
C-Rank: A Link-based Similarity Measure for Scientific Literature Databases
Now you have two spheres that are identified and link the flux — they are the wormhole mouths created at the turning surface.
Euclidean Maxwell-Einstein Theory
The exterior space-time is supposed to be Minkowskian and the sizes of the wormhole mouths are negligibly small (point-like mouths’ approximation) and at rest in some reference frame.
Comments on ''The Principle of Self-Consistency as a consequence of the Principle of Minimal Action''
Both the scattering potential V⊥ and the angular momentum barrier in (3.12) are symmetric about the mouth of the spike.
Dynamics of the DBI Spike Soliton
Given that almost all the photons in the universe are already in thermal equilibrium, it is not easy to see how adding a small rate for such non-local jumps to take place will be detectible even up to densities such as one mouth of a non-local link per cubic fermi.
Disordered locality in loop quantum gravity states
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